In June, Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli expanded his Midtown Center presence by opening Kaimaki, a contemporary Greek wine bar. The informal, next-door companion of his prix-fixe showcase Philotimo serves Greek wines, street delicacies, and experimental cocktails made with Mediterranean spirits. Kaimaki, named after the micro-bubbled top layer of Greek coffee, seats 12 at the bar and another 25 at high-top tables with floor-to-ceiling windows. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight. Kaimaki, named after the rich, micro-bubbled top layer of Greek coffee, is located across the breezeway from sister restaurant Philotimo—fine Stefanelli’s dining ode to Greece—and provides a more relaxed experience.
The cocktail program, led by Joseph Kocjan, will include a rotating selection of classic cocktails as well as originals such as Red Dragon (gin, cucumber habanero shrub, pomegranate juice); Quintessence (tequila, sake vermouth, strawberry lacto phosphate); and medacone (tequila, sake vermouth, strawberry lacto phosphate) (Kleos Mastiha, Jamaican rum, house fassionola, lime, bubbles). Stefanelli hand-selected a wide variety of Greek wines, showcasing lesser-known locations and brands from his travels around Greece and the Greek isles. Mezze nibbles such as dolmades, fava bean fritters, and loukoumades (savory doughnuts topped with caviar) are available, as are a range of cheeses and Greek-style cured meats. With a focus on street food, Kaimaki celebrates the basic pleasures of gyros and souvlaki—all with a heaping helping of french fries.
Stefanelli and design studio Grupo 7 are responsible for the transforming and airy design, which is a homage to coastal retreats throughout the Mediterranean. The setting is ideal for the classic high-energy party sensations in Greece’s top bars. An enormous bar with seating for 12 anchors the room, while high-top tables provide seating for an additional 25 along the 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the downtown skyline. Stefanelli also intends to launch Greek coffee, lunch service, and grab-and-go options in the coming months. Kaimaki can seat up to 75 people for a standing cocktail-style reception and is available for private occasions. So, this bar is one of the best bars Washington DC has to offer. If you are in the city, we recommend you check out the bar at least once! Go with your family, friends, or loved ones for a memorable time.